“His Vile Accusations Of Racism Are Reckless And Indefensible” | Terence Crawford’s Next Bout Is Against Former Promoter Bob Arum For Racial Bias

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Terence “Bud” Crawford takes his newfound independence seriously and is lobbing heavy allegations against his former promoter, Bob Arum.

On Wednesday, Jan, 12, the current WBO welterweight world champion filed a lawsuit against his former promoter in Nevada. The suit alleges racial bias by Top Rank founder and chairman Bob Arum.

Coming For Bob

According to reports, in the suit, Crawford claims that the 90-year-old Hall of Fame promoter “continues to make racist and bigoted statements and purposefully damage the reputations of Black boxers.”

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In addition, Crawford claims that “Arum’s sordid history with athletes of color, especially Black fighters, and his bias favoring white and Latino fighters is well-documented and known throughout the boxing world,” and that “Arum makes no secret of his deep-seated bias against Black fighters.”

Ouch. However, Crawford echoes statements made by other prominent Black and Latino former champions like Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Mikey Garcia.

Bob’s Clap Back

“Bud Crawford’s lawsuit against Top Rank is frivolous,” Arum said in a statement later Wednesday. “His vile accusations of racism are reckless and indefensible. He knows it, and his lawyer knows it. I have spent my entire working life as a champion of Black boxers, Latino boxers, and other boxers of color. I have no doubt the Court will see Crawford’s case for the malicious extortion attempt that it is.”

Now Crawford is seeking damages over $5.4 million from Arum and Top Rank. He claims he lost the funds due to Top Rank’s failure to deliver the second fight in year two of his signed extension in 2018.

He is also holding Aruma and Top Rank accountable for their inability to make a fight against Errol Spence Jr. materialize.

The Receipts

Crawford might have a valid point with the lack of a Top Rank-produced Errol Spence fight offer. He claims that when he signed to fight Egidijus Kavaliauskas in 2019, the agreement included a $900,000 payment if Top Rank didn’t in good faith offer Crawford the fight against Spence by the end of 2020.

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Crawford has hired attorney Bryan Freedman for the suit. Freedman also represented Mikey Garcia in his 2014 suit against Top Rank. The parties, in that case, agreed to terminate Garcia’s promotional agreement; however, Garcia was subsequently sidelined for almost three years in the process.

“It is unfortunate that Top Rank did not treat Terence properly and in fact spoke out regularly against him,” Crawford’s attorney, Bryan Freedman, told ESPN.

More Receipts

Freedman will seek to prove Crawford’s claim of a contract breach along with fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation.

“Unlike other boxers bound to Top Rank contracts, Terence can assert his claims in court without Top Rank forcing him to sit out,” Freedman said. “Make no mistake, that is a game-changer.”

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However, more egregiously, Crawford alleges that Arum made disparaging comments about him in an attempt to harm his reputation and impact his future promotional potential.

In 2020, a frustrated Bob Arum made the public comment that he “could build a house in Beverly Hills on the money I’ve lost on (Crawford) in the last three fights.”

Eat Your Words?

Additionally, the lawsuit highlights Arum’s 2019 comments about the prominent Black founder of Premier Boxing Champions founder Al Haymon, who advises Spence.

“He’s gonna say, ‘Spence, listen to me. Don’t listen to the white guys, because if you listen to the white guys they’re gonna steer you down the road. Listen to me, brother. We’re part of a brotherhood. And if I tell you not to fight Crawford, I’m telling you not to fight Crawford.’ That’s exactly what he will say.”

Arum has constantly pointed to what he sees as Crawford’s inability to promote and market himself as the disconnect for the public to want to purchase his pay-per-view fights on a massive scale.

Now Crawford uses Arum’s own words to get what he feels he is owed.

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Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.